Unknown lead platform:
First released for NES and Gameboy on 7/27/1990.
Released for VS. arcade system in 1990.
Released for Playchoice-10 arcade system in 1991.
There's not much information to suggest a lead platform, and it's quite possible that there isn't one, the game concept being simple enough to be implemented independently by separate teams. The NES version is the basis of both arcade versions, though this is to be expected as they both use Famicom-based hardware.
It does seem a bit more probable that Dr. Mario's color-matching gameplay was born out of the NES than the 4-tone Gameboy, but this is speculation.
First released for NES on 9/21/1993.
Released for Gameboy on December 1993.
Ported to SNES on 7/08/1994.
|Laser Clay Shooting System||1973||
|Donkey Kong||1981||1982 ports to Atari VCS, ColecoVision, and Intellivision by Coleco|
|Donkey Kong Junior||1982||1983 ports to various consoles|
|Popeye||1982||1983 ports to Atari 8-bit computers and various consoles|
|Mario Bros.||1983-3||1983 ports to Atari 2600 and NES|
|Donkey Kong 3||1983||1984 port to NES|
|Baseball||12/7/1983||1984 port to VS. arcade system|
|Tennis||1/14/1984||1984 port to VS. arcade system|
|Pinball||2/2/1984||1984 port to VS. arcade system|
|VS. Duck Hunt||4/21/1984||1985 port to VS. arcade system|
|Golf||5/1/1984||1984 port to VS. arcade system|
|Hogan's Alley||6/12/1984||1984 port to VS. arcade system|
|Urban Champion||11/14/1984||1984 port to VS. arcade system|
|Clu Clu Land||11/22/1984||1984 port to VS. arcade system|
|Excitebike||11/30/1984||1984 port to VS. arcade system|
|Balloon Fight||1/22/1985||1985 ports to PC-88 and Sharp X1 by Hudson Soft|
|Ice Climber||2/4/1985||1985 ports to VS. arcade system, PC-88, and Sharp X1|
|Wrecking Crew||6/18/1985||1985 port to VS. arcade system|
|Metroid||8/6/1986||1987 port to PlayChoice-10 arcade system|
|Title||Lead platform||Date||Contemporary ports|
|Super Mario Land||Game Boy||4/21/1989||
|Tetris||NES||1989-11||Mobygames lists as a distinct game from the GB version|
|Dr. Mario||???||7/27/1990||Simultaneous released for NES and Gameboy
1990 port to VS. arcade system
|Metroid II: Return of Samus||Game Boy||1991-11||
|Super Mario Land 2: 6 Golden Coins||Game Boy||10/21/1992||
|Tetris 2||???||1993||Same-quarter releases on Game Boy and NES
1994 port to SNES
|Wario Land: Super Mario Land 3||Game Boy||1/21/1994||
|Wario Land II||Game Boy||1998-3||1998 revision with Game Boy Color support|
Gameboy Advance era:
|Wario Land 4||8/21/2001|
|WarioWare, Inc.: Mega Microgame$!||3/21/2003|
|Metroid: Zero Mission||2/9/2004|